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Tag: China


CLIMATE: Playing field with China isn’t level

Regarding the recent climate agreement between the United States and China, let me see if I have this right.

We will be cutting back on our emissions while China continues to increase its emissions for the next 16 years before they begin to decrease. Doesn’t sound like a level playing field to me.

Maybe this is an underhanded way of making their atmosphere so dangerous and hazardous that the Chinese will get sick from their own pollution and start dying off at an earlier age - a form of chemical warfare?

Or perhaps in 16 years the world’s supply of coal will have

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COAL: Free the energy market with a carbon fee

Re: “China may finally be taking air pollution seriously” (editorial, 2-6).

There was an amusement park next to the Asarco smelter in the 1950s. Rides were nine cents on Wednesdays. Summer air tasted of sulphur, and there must have been arsenic and lead in the dust under the go-carts. We didn’t know; no one ever talked about it.

Today the pollution from coal is well understood. Thank you for reporting on it, including the startling fact that deadly pollution from China, some from U.S. coal, is crossing back over the ocean to us.

It is a relief to know

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EDUCATION: No secret what our schools need

Being a teacher in the Tacoma School District, I read with deep interest Thomas Friedman’s column (TNT, 10-24) about China’s educational system and its secret to success over the last 10 years.

Friedman’s description of the progress of China’s educational system was both inspiring with possibilities and yet downright disheartening as I assessed our state and country’s “lots of talk, little action” approach to developing our educational system.

I teach at a school which has implemented many of the the strategies that Friedman says lead to high-performing schools. We have peer-to-peer training, professional learning communities, professional development and a

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SYRIA: Obama administration mishandling situation

I am not impressed with the handling of the Syrian situation by this administration. The contradictions and bumbling by Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama are almost laughable.

The lack of leadership by this president is catching the attention of countries like Iran, China, North Korea and others. The president was outmaneuvered by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syria with a possible solution to this problem.

I wonder how the Normandy invasion would have gone if we had told the Germans what beaches we would land on and when and how many ships and landing craft we had.

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FOOD: There’s a reason GMO crops are being banned

Re: “Let the market decide on bioengineered crops” (TNT, 5-29).

Genetically modified foods have been linked to gastrointestinal problems, neurological problems, arthritis and obesity. Most of the developed world has banned GMOs – the European Union, Russia and China, to name a few. Countries are destroying GMO crops and not accepting new crops.

Not in the U.S. The Department of Agriculture says they are fine. But can the USDA be trusted of does it have a conflict of interest? Michael Tayler, head of food safety at USDA, is a former Monsanto lawyer. Thirty members of Congress hold stock in

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CHINA: Chickens are coming home to roost

Re: “China’s cyber spies could compromise US defense” (editorial, 5-30).

The editorial seems to be me appropriate but too little and too late.

Not too long ago, there were embargoes against shipping certain electronic components to China and other countries. Now we are complaining that the technology that our high-tech industries were so keen to ship to keep profits up and the worker hires down is coming back to bite us in the rear end.

It is a sad day that only now we have finally realized that our assorted computer operating systems are riddled with back doors, trap

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DEFICIT: Krugman oblivious to debt’s dangers

Paul Krugman’s column (TNT, 3-14) about government spending and deficits is ripe with questionable assertions.

Krugman tosses numbers around and goes into great detail about yearly deficits, yet he hardly even mentions the danger posed by the national debt. Without naming names, he coyly attempts to denigrate conservative fiscal hawks by calling them “fearmongers” who want to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

To bolster his arguments, he references Kenysian economic theory, yet he fails to acknowledge that without capitalism he would be as poor as those individuals who actually do need government assistance.

I can’t help but wonder

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TAM: Editorial guilty of trivializing donation

Re: “TAM’s sale of Chinese items is justified” (editorial, 3-5).

While I disagree with the Tacoma Art Museum’s planned auction, I find the editorial opinion to be disagreeable in its own right.

Ironically, the editors claim that TAM critics trivialize the 1885 Chinese expulsion from Tacoma when we suggest that auctioning the art would be “symbolically driving the Chinese away again.” The editors choose to ignore the Young family’s original intent in donating the art to Tacoma to “promote understanding and bring people together to appreciate Chinese heritage.” Instead, the editors open their essay by likening the Young family’s gifts

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